Why are images veiled beginning on the fifth Sunday in Lent? Traditionally, the two weeks of “Passiontide” begin on the fifth Sunday of Lent. The first week is Passion Week, and the second week is Holy Week.
“They took up stones therefore to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.” (John 8:59, D-R)
He hides not Himself in a corner of the temple, as if afraid, or running into a cottage, or turning aside behind a wall or column: but by His Divine Power making Himself invisible, He passed through their midst.
The statues remain covered until the Gloria of Holy Saturday. This is the moment at which the fast of Lent ends and the glory of Easter begins. This unveiling reveals that Christ has revealed himself as risen and victorious.
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